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    Default Do you still have any classical cassette tapes?

    I've still got some. A couple of recordings that I have not gotten on CD that I really like are the old Previn RCA recording of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Symphony and Eugen Jochum's last recording of Beethoven's 9th on EMI. I see used copies of those recordings are available on Amazon now, but I still have the old tapes. A few years back I got a good deal on a 3 motor tape player that sounds pretty good. I remember getting fed up with surface noise from LPs and getting tapes way back before I got a CD player. Wow and flutter on some tapes can be worse than surface noise on an LP though. Lucky CDs came along and made the choice easy. But I still have a bunch of old tapes in a closet. If anyone saw Guardians of the Galaxy the cassette tape is featured. Think they will ever make a comeback?

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    No, they won't make a comeback. Too prone to damage (remember the tape getting jammed in the player) and loss of sound quality. Before CD's, they were conveniently small, and very portable. But now that you can include volumes of music on a digital music player, like an iPod, and with CD's, DVD's, and Blu-ray discs, there is no need for it. Nobody ever pines for the good old days of cassette tapes like they do for vinyl. It was a useful medium for its time, but that time is gone.

    I had one or two tapes left until a couple of years back when I bought my first car that didn't also have a tape deck. When I no longer had a means to listen to them (and no desire to buy a tape player), I tossed them.

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    I have rather a lot although my cassette deck was binned when only one channel appeared to work-things like DG Karajan Bruckner 3/6/9,Dutoit/Roge Ravel Piano Concertos,Haitink Shostakovich (cannot remember which works) Kleiber Brahms 4,-this is off the top of my head and the thought of getting the box out form under the stairs will probably make me a little miserable-all that music that I cannot listen to..........mind one thought springs to mind-I switched to cassettes when I could not cope with scratches or slightest surface noise on classical vinyl-the last straw was when I smashed a copy of Kondrashin VPO Dvorak 9th in a fit of pique because of clicks....I think some of those who bang on about the benefits of vinyl forget...I did not mind clicks on the first Clash album but......!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    I could not cope with scratches or slightest surface noise on classical vinyl-the last straw was when I smashed a copy of Kondrashin VPO Dvorak 9th in a fit of pique because of clicks....I think some of those who bang on about the benefits of vinyl forget...I did not mind clicks on the first Clash album but......!
    Click pop is tolerable on punk and rock - not classical. Smash them nasty old noisey LPS.

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    Loads. And I still have my tape deck. I don't play them very often. Back in the late 90's I transfered them over to MiniDisc (Because, you know, MiniDisc is the format of the future) because I had heard of something called "Tape Rot". If cassette tapes do make a comeback, it will be the sort of novelty renaissance in the niche market that Vinyl has had.
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    My answer to this question is a qualified 'yes'.
    We had a nice little collection of cassettes, mostly folk music, but I got rid of them last year. There were no classical tapes as such, but we did have a cassette of a Russian Orthodox Mass of St John Chrysostom and another of medieval & renaissance songs sung by the Norwich Waits. I still have them, because they are both lovely and probably hard to find a replacement on cd. Luckily the cd player we bought to play my Suzuki cds when my computer was offline early this year also has a cassette player, so we can still play them.
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    No. Never bought a classical tape. I used to record stuff off Radio 3 years ago, but now I have no tapes at all (except for a Smurfs tape that a child gave me as a present 25 years ago when I was a teacher - hahaha!) and no way of playing them. I cannot envisage why they would make a come-back
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    I have a lot of them-some of my best collected performances are on cassettes.
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    I have no more cassette tapes left. The tapes I had left were of my own compositions, so I bought an inexpensive cassette -> mp3 USB converter for cheap (about $10) and now I listen to those.

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    I bought some recently, as they are very cheap and I have a caesette player.
    There are so many wonderful recordings unavailable on CD.

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    Quite honestly, I didn't really pay any attention to Classical until the CD revolution was well underway. My first couple of CD Classical purchases were Dvorak's Slavonic Dances on Naxos, and a Wagner-Without-Words CD on the Laserlight label - I think it was called Magic Fire Music. Long since gone. On cassette, I had Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony - maybe conducted by Abbado? I had a Mozart Magic Flute highlights tape - couldn't tell you who conducted it - I lost it several years ago. When I started my earnest interest in Classical music, Klemperer's recording of the Magic Flute was my first purchase.

    I remembered being quite concerned with my tapes. I was buying lots of CD's, but in my car I only had a tape deck, so I would record them to tape. I would take care to get the metal tapes (CrO2), because I was told they would last a lot longer. Found some a few years back - the sound quality was no better than my normal tapes. I don't miss those days - although most of my tape collection was punk and alternative.

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    Sorry, but no tapes in my collection and not missing them at all
    They were never of the same quality as records and a long way behind digital media, so I don't see any comeback happening

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    I had several dozen from back when they were the only way to listen to classical of your own choosing in the car. They're mostly in a bag in the basement somewhere, I think, maybe.

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    I do, buried somewhere in the basement. But does anyone have 8-track tapes of classical?
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